Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

REGULAR MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION
Monday, February 7, 2011 at 6:30pm
Media Center, Lester Prairie Public Schools
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Education of District 424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Monday, February 7, 2011 in the school Media Center.
Roll call was taken and the following Board Members were present: Robert Carlson, Karla Heigl, Matthew Klitzke, Gregg Machemehl, Joseph Miller, and Rawelin Radtke. Administration present: Mike McNulty and Pam Lukens. Approximately 19 guests were present, as well as a representative from the Herald-Journal Newspaper.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mr. Matthew Klitzke.
Motion by Rawelin Radtke, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve revised consent agenda, board minutes of 12/5/11 and to pay bills in the amount of $79,437.38 and Student Activity for $776.06. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Mr. McNulty announced that the Lester Prairie Foundation for Education has decided to donate three additional SmartBoards over the next three years. Thank you to the Foundation.
No one spoke during open dialogue.
Administrative Reports
Mrs. Lukens reported Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) will be offering team training to selected schools. If our school is selected, we would receive two years of training to support and implement School-wide (or Program-wide) Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.
Mrs. Lukens is working with the 3rd-6th Grade students this year for the Enrichment Program. So far this year they have learned the FPS Creative Thinking Process, completed two tests for Online Math, along with reviews, working on fiction reading and working with storylines, science fair and unit on research and support for a debate.
Ten students participated in the Future Problem Solving Bowl on February 3rd. All students came home with ribbons on their skits. Packets will be scored this weekend to see who will be invited to the State Bowl on April 2. Thank you to Mr. Landkamer for helping with research. Lester Prairie will be hosting a team from Australia in June before the International Bowl.
Lester Prairie 4th Grade students will be participating in the NAEP, National testing in the area reading and math on February 22.
Elementary sponsored dance for 4th-6th Grade students was held on January 28. We raised $204 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Thank you to all teachers, parents and Mr. and Mrs. Feltmann for helping out that night.
Mr. Johnson reported winter sports are going well. Thank you to Mr. Neubarth for providing transportation of our wrestlers.
Mr. McNulty reported he attended the MSBA Conference in January and attended conferences relating to superintendent evaluation, bargaining basics, subcontracting, MSHSL.
Parent-Teachers Conferences are scheduled for February 15 and 17.
Mr. McNulty is working on a letter and survey to send to all families living in Lester Prairie that are open enrolling their students to other districts. Survey will be mailed sometime in February.
Pat Fogarty reported on facilities: Cleaned locker rooms, busy with snow removal, installation of SmartBoard, replacement of brushes on sweeper.
Committee Reports
LPAC – Bulldog Brain Olympics scheduled for February 10. Carnival scheduled for March 24.
Legislative – Some of the items currently being reviewed/discussed at by the legislature include seven point plan for excellence, early childhood education, all-day kindergarten, testing, alternate teacher licensure bill, repeal of the January 15 penalty for non-settlement, 2% budget for staff development and two-year pay freeze.
MSBA – Mr. Miller attended Conference in January and attended seminars relating to Superintendent Review, Sharing School Information Online, and Testing.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Gregg Machemehl to approve non-resident agreement. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve Seniority List as presented. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Rawelin Radtke, seconded by Robert Carlson, to approve the bid from Marsden Building Maintenance for Facilities Management Services. There was further discussion on the matter. Roll call vote: Karla Heigl-Yes; Rawelin Radtke-Yes; Robert Carlson-Yes; Gregg Machemehl-Yes; Matthew Klitzke-No; Joseph Miller-No. Voting was 4 for and 2 against.
Mr. McNulty presented proposed Cooperative Agreement between Lester Prairie School and Holy Trinity School.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Joseph Miller, to approve Cooperative Agreement with Holy Trinity. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve the extracurricular contracts as follows:
Trent Grams Varsity Baseball
William Neubarth Jr. High Baseball
Gene Starke Varsity Softball
Kelly Elling JV Softball
Rob Weber Head Track Coach
Wes Kapping Asst. Track Coach
Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Robert Carlson presented proposed Truancy Ordinance.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve resolution on a Truancy Ordinance. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
The Board discussed handicap parking at the school. Mr. McNulty will research handicap parking requirements and report back to the Board at the March meeting.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Matthew Klitzke, to approve use of school for All School Reunion on July 16, 2011. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Resolution directing the administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions as reasons therefore (chairperson read resolution).
Motion by Karla Heigl, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve resolution on recommendations for reductions. Role call vote: Karla Heigl-Yes; Rawelin Radtke-Yes; Robert Carlson-Yes; Gregg Machemehl-Yes; Matthew Klitzke-Yes; Joseph Miller-Yes. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Matthew Klitzke, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve seeking lawncare quotes. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
UPCOMING DATES:
A. February 15 & 17 Conferences
B. February 18 No School
C. February 21 President’s Day – No School
D. February 23 Day at the Capitol
E. March 21 School Board Meeting
Agenda items for the next Regular Board Meeting (March 21, 2011): Handicap Parking, Resolution on Truancy Ordinance, 2011-2012 Calendar.
Regular meeting recessed at 7:42 p.m.
CLOSED MEETING – SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION
Monday, February 7, 2011
Call to order by Chairman.
The Board reviewed Scoring of Superintendent Evaluations – compiled by board member Joseph Miller. Discussions relating to Superintendent’s thoughts on dual position. Discussion on School Board’s thoughts and discussion of dual position and Superintendent performance.
Closed meeting recessed at 8:35 p.m.
SPECIAL MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD – BOARD RETREAT
Monday, February 7, 2011
Call to order by Chairman
Items discussed:
A. Mission statement of Lester Prairie Schools – what is our vision for the future
B. Goals for the school district of Lester Prairie for 2011
C. Referendum – set up timeline, look at providers of services
D. Rigor in the secondary classroom
Meeting adjourned at 9:21 p.m.
Karla A. Heigl, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal April 11, 2011.

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